5 Soundbites From Zane Lowe's Interview That Made Us Rethink Kanye
27 February 2015, 13:04 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09
Zane Lowe meets Kanye West 2015 - Contains Strong Language
"You win or you learn."
Many people will remember Kanye West’s now infamous Zane Lowe interview from 2013 in which he explained everything from his God complex to his relationship with Kim and—of course, leather joggers.
Zane and Kanye’s newest meeting, however, couldn’t be miles away from the Kanye we came to know in that iconic interview. Kanye draws a stark contrast to the person in his last sit down, even poking fun at his occasionally over the top personality. He seems likeable but passionate and even vulnerable at times.
"Your egg, my semen. We change the world."
Kanye wasn’t quite contrite about his blustering personality but he did go so far as to say his approach when it came to interviews and people was all wrong. The rapper conceded that his personality could, at times, be overwhelming and that all he wanted to do was change the world. "I did not know how to communicate at all and I had my point. My message was simply 'your egg my semen. We change the world'."
Ya know. Normal stuff.
"I could be vilified or misunderstood. I didn't come here to be liked. I came here to make a difference."
Kanye again battles with his need to make art that he is proud of versus making everyone comfortable with his personality. He notes that he could easily "press the Ye button" and "go back to day one." Whatever that entails.
"Fusion is the future. Period."
Kanye speaks on his collaboration with Paul McCartney and expands on the idea that combining different cultures and influences is what makes music worthwhile. He refers to the efforts taken with Paul as "the two lunch tables working together", reminding us that he and Paul are both legends in their own fields and that a collaboration can only breed positivity.
"That's never happened to me in an interview before."
While discussing the passing of his dear friend and mentor Louise Wilson, Kanye breaks down in tears. "I didn’t know we were gonna lose her."
"I almost got scared of the idea of going crazy in some way. But I wasn't going crazy. I was like the only person that wasn't crazy."
Kanye discusses his instinct to lash out and speak his mind. He goes on to explain how he works to leverage his belief in himself and his ideas against the weight of the opinions of others.
The interview must have touched Kanye so much because he went home and immediately apologised to Beck and Bruno Mars.
Zane Lowe is magic.
I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I’m sorry Beck.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 26, 2015
I also want to publicly apologize to Bruno Mars, I used to hate on him but I really respect what he does as an artist.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 26, 2015